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  1. A couple of points I would to elaborate on. The use of the term Mediterranean is a definite misnomer in referring to a feline grouping. Along the north shores of the Mediterranean sea ar Spain, France, Italy. Greece, and Turkey. The cats in the first three countries belong to the European grouping whereas in Turkey they are different. Greece may have a mixture of the two grouping but no data is available. Along the southern shores data is only available for Tunisia is available and the cats there are predominantly West European, and probably the same in Morocco, Algeria, and Libya. In Egypt the cats are a mix of Turkish, Israeli, and Jordanian, with a little Iranian and East African influence. Consequently the term Mediterranean is inappropriate. It is widely used even by experts but it is wrong. The correct term would be East Mediterranean/Anatolian grouping since the cats in that specific region are distinct from central and western regions. The least out-crossed and most homogeneous cats are found in Anatolia suggesting that cat domestication originated there which then spread out to other regions including Egypt. Egyptian cats are composed of felines from at least 6 different regions and is more of a melting pot than a place of origin. The first known evidence of cat domestication was found at Shillourokambos in Cyprus dated 7,5000 BC long before the Egyptian civilizations existed. The find is linked to settlers from Eastern Anatolia.
    The Ascent of Cat Breeds: Genetic Evaluations of Breeds and Worldwide Random Bred Populations is a pretty horrendous mix of fact,fiction and assumptions. It is highly flawed because western cat fancy Angoras and Vans are used as if they were the original native cats of Turkey. Cat fancy Angoras and Vans are of the West European grouping, in other words a cat fancy creation, and native Turkish cats are of the E Mediterranean/Anatolian grouping. To study European cats to make revelations on the origin of cat domestication in the Middle East is nonsensical. It was Driscoll who made this discovery, not Leslie Lyons or Monica Lipinski.

  2. Amazing research. Thanks a lot Michael.Hope your site becomes “NO1” in the “Cat World”. I was sad to read that “www.catster.com” is closing its “Cat Diary” branch of its website. I will be losing a lot of my valuable “Research Material” studied through my observation of my house cats on “www.catster.com”.Had entered a detailed “Diary” of the cats on “Catster” .One thing i have realized in the “INTERNET ERA” is that sites appear and vanish with regularity.Your site is very relevant as it has a “Live Audience” of cat owners and lovers, besides, your encyclopedic research and knowledge is the key to “P.O.C”.I am happy that “P.O.C” does have my articles in the library.Akin to Cats evolving and developing into different species over the years and decades so also are “Internet Sites” evolving.

    • Thanks Rudolph. Catster is owned by a business and when websites are owned by businesses they operate on purely commercial reasons so if there isn’t enough money coming in they close (or parts of the site). PoC is run for many more reasons than money. In fact at the moment it is non-profit. Profit is not the motivator and PoC will not close as long as I am alive!

      You can always transfer your diaries to PoC. If you’d like you can give me links to the pages on Catster and I’ll do it for you.

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